Friday, June 28, 2013

Reloading dies need care too!

A hand loaders dies are precision tools, but how seldom they get treated as such.  Folks who might spend hours cleaning their rifles after a range day can somehow ignore the very tools they use to keep those rifles operating.

Tearing down a reloading die is not hard; usually nothing more than unscrewing a few things. Cleaning the tooling is not hard either, and anyone with a decent gun cleaning kit already has the things required to do it.

A couple shots of CLP or solvent, a little scrubbing with a bore brush, and then a rinse with gun scrubber or brake clean.  Follow up with a light coat of gun oil, or more CLP..... and they are done.

Treat your dies like the fine precision tooling they are, and they will last a lifetime!

(This message brought to you by someone who just tore down a bunch of his dies, and now hangs his head in shame at their condition......)


jimmie said...

Any tips on how often? Know anything about casting? 300 blackout bullets that are in stock are few and far more expensive the the 147gn pulled bullets I got started with.

Carteach said...


How often depends on how dirty the cases are when they hit the die. If the cases are run through the polisher before sizing, and light lube used, I'm certain you can go hundreds of rounds between cleaning the dies. Dirty as-fired cases? I would clean every fifty rounds or so.

Cast: Check out '', and also get a copy of the Lyman cast bullet manual. Both are great sources of info. If you are shooting those .300 rounds in an AR, best to look into how well they function with cast bullets.

Hartley said...

Here's a pic of something I found when I took my .40 S&W size/decap die apart:

That .25ACP case was really stuck, too!

jimmie said...

From what I've read so far I'm seeing that powder coating the bullets removes any chance of lead or lube in the gas system. hoping to run across a mossberg MVP bolt gun when my wife isn't around.

Hugh Johnston said...

Hi my name is Hugh,and I'm new to this blog,and I must say I love all the topics you guys discuss. I clean dies after every use,if you use a full length die, the lube will rust the die almost overnight,( I use Lee case lube).And for sure you will start the rusting process,so take the die apart after use,clean it down, light oiling and your ready for the next session.